Aadhaar has ensured that correct beneficiaries get their monthly quota of ration in East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh and has helped the government’s top advisory body, the Planning Commission, to track its employees in Delhi.
A mobile sim card or broadband based biometric machine authenticates identity of a person within a second or so without the government authorities having to spend money to maintain huge data bases of the beneficiaries or its employees.
“The biometric identity of a person is authenticated by the system after cross-checking with our data centers in Bangalore or Greater Noida,” a senior Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) official said.
In East Godavari district, the person is required to place his finger on the machine for quick authentication. In Planning Commission’s office at Sansad Marg, the employee feeds in his or her employee code and Aadhaar number while registering. Once that is done, the finger print is more than enough for making biometric attendance.
The official said that biggest advantage of biometric based application is that it reduces the cost of information technology interventions.
“Cost of Aadhaar based biometric attendance would be just five to seven percent of a biometric attendance system where entire employee database has to be maintained by the employer,” the official said. Another advantage is that low cost Aadhaar based attendance system can be installed in offices having a small number of employees.
These are first of the few Aadhaar based application services the UIDAI has launched and the initial reports show that they have worked fine. “We have tested our system for a billion authentications in a day,” the official said.
The UIDAI has already signed authentication service agreements with 26 organisations including private sector firms such as Vodafone and Visa Consolidated. “They would be able to use Aadhaar database of around 400 million people to authenticate their identify for providing any service,” he said.